Posts by Fossil Free California

Banking on Change at Standing Rock

Banking on Change at Standing Rock

Listen to Pennie Opal Plant, L. Frank Manriquez, and Lynn Doan (Bloomberg News) tell powerful stories of their experiences at Standing Rock.  Said Pennie Opal Plant, “Because of the divestment movement, millions of people across this country have started looking at their money, and where their money is…conversations are happening across this country that could…

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Thinking about "climate change"

This post is by Russell Kilday-Hicks, Fossil Free California activist and member of the CSU Employees Union. It is a talk he delivered at the December “Suds, Snacks & Socialism” community forum, held monthly at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. He began with two strong quotations. Our moral obligation to fight climate change is to build a collective…

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Science teachers support divestment

by Heather MacLeod The California Science Education Conference was held October 2–4 in Sacramento, sponsored by the California Science Teacher’s Association, and Fossil Free California was there. Two volunteers from 350 Sacramento, Jaime Gonzalez and Megan Elsea, joined me at our table in the exhibit hall, and we asked science teachers to sign our divestment petition. We talked…

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SB 185: Looks like we did it…

by Janet Cox …with a little help from Bill McKibben and Tom Steyer, who teamed up to accost the Governor at an event they were all attending. He committed to signing the bill, but he didn’t say when. October 11 is his deadline, so stay tuned this week! There has been a lot of good news…

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Teachers' unions support divestment

by Carlos Davidson California, famous worldwide for its leadership on climate change, is making big news in fossil fuel divestment, and it is doing it with some surprising union support. The California Senate recently approved a bill calling on its two massive public employee pension funds to divest their holdings in coal companies. Two unions representing…

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Senate to vote on SB 185 coal divestment

by Janet Cox The bill in the California State Senate requiring CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from coal companies, SB 185, along with the other bills in this year’s climate package, will be voted on by the full Senate on Wednesday morning, June 3, most likely between 10 am and noon. This will be the…

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Senate committee bans coal investment

by Janet Cox On April 13, the California State Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee approved SB 185, the Public Divestiture of Thermal Coal Companies Act, 3–2 on a party line vote. The bill, sponsored by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, requires the state’s two largest public pension funds to divest from companies…

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Divest! Start with coal!

by Janet Cox Help us strip dirty coal money from California pension funds. Help us pass Senate Bill 185! Kevin de León, President pro Tem of the California State Senate, has offered the divestment movement a tremendous gift. With SB 185, he has proposed a law that could become the first divestment legislation passed by…

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CalSTRS: Divest from fossil fuels!

This post is by Vivian Stanton, a retired elementary school teacher with the Santa Barbara School District. She is a member of CalSTRS and of 350 Santa Barbara. As a member of the largest public teacher retirement fund in the United States, I am very concerned. The retirement fund which I currently rely on, the…

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